How to get married in Colorado

How to Get Married in Colorado

Now that you’ve booked your venue, hired your photographer, sent out your invitations and purchased your dress, don’t forget one of your most important steps before getting married: your marriage license!

In Colorado, as in most states, first you obtain a marriage license, then you perform your ceremony, afterwards you file your marriage certificate.

Below is additional information about the legal processes for getting married in Colorado.

Steps to legalizing your marriage in Colorado

Marriage License:

A marriage license is a document that authorizes a couple to get married.  You must apply for a license before your wedding and may do so in any county clerk’s office.  Both the bride and groom should be present when applying and will need to provide official government identification.  You do not have to be a Colorado resident to marry in Colorado.  The cost of a Colorado marriage license application is $30.  The fee covers processing and your copy of the certificate.

Solemnization of Marriage:

After you have applied for a marriage license, you must solemnize your marriage (perform a wedding ceremony). According to Colorado state law, “a marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court; by a court magistrate; by a retired judge of the court; by a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages; by Indian tribe officials; by clergy; by the parties to the marriage.” Yes, you read that last part correctly.  Colorado is unique in the fact that couples themselves may perform their own wedding ceremony.

On the other hand, Colorado law does not allow a friend or relative to perform a marriage ceremony.  The only way for a relative or friend to sign the certificate as an officiate is if they are qualified as a wedding officiate.

Clergy from out-of-state do not have to be registered in Colorado.

Marriage Certificate:

A marriage certificate is a document that proves you and your spouse are legally married.  You apply for this after your ceremony has completed.  The paperwork for this is generally signed at the ceremony and must include the signatures of the bride, groom, officiate and two witnesses.   The officiate is usually the one who sends the certificate to the appropriate county clerk’s office.  The certificate must be filed within 60 days of the ceremony.  Within a few weeks of filing, the couple will then receive their official copy of the marriage certificate from the county.

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How the State of Colorado Defines Marriage

Gay Marriage: As of October 7, 2014, the state of Colorado legalized gay marriage and  began issuing marriage certificates for same-sex couples.
Civil Unions: Yes, civil unions for gay couples are recognized by the state of Colorado.
Common Law Marriage: Yes, common law marriages are recognized in Colorado.
Cousin Marriage: Yes, in Colorado, two cousins may legally marry.
Minimum Age: To get married in Colorado without parental consent, you must be 18 years of age or older.  Individuals who are 16 or 17 may legally marry with the consent of both parents.

Colorado County Clerk’s Coffices

Contact your county clerk’s office for clarification of marriage laws or for additional questions.   See below for phone numbers to contact your county clerk.

Adams County Clerk
Brighton, CO
720-523-6020
Alamosa County Clerk
Alamosa, CO
719-589-6681
Arapahoe County Clerk
Littleton, CO
303-795-4520
Archuleta County Clerk
Pagosa Springs, CO
970-264-5633
Bent County Clerk
Las Animas, CO
719-456-2009
Boulder County Clerk
Boulder, CO
303-413-7770
Chaffee County Recorder
Salida, CO
719-539-4004
Cheyenne County Clerk
Cheyenne Wells, CO
719-767-5685
Clear Creek County Clerk Georgetown, CO
303-569-3251
Conejos County Clerk
Conejos, CO
719-376-5422
Costilla County Clerk
San Luis, CO
719-672-3301
Delta County Clerk
Delta, CO
970-874-2150
Denver County Clerk
Denver, CO
720-865-8400
Douglas County Clerk
Castlerock, CO
303-660-7469
Eagle County Clerk
Eagle, CO
970-328-8710
El Paso County Clerk
Colorado Spring, CO
719-520-6200
Elbert County Clerk
Kiowa, CO
303-621-3129
Fremont County Clerk
Canon City, CO
719-275-1522
Garfield County Clerk
Glenwood Spring, CO
970-945-2377
Gilpin County Clerk
Central City, CO
303-582-5321
Grand County Clerk
Hot Sulpher Spring, CO
303-725-3347
Gunnison County Clerk
Gunnison, CO
970-641-1516
Huerfano County Clerk Wallsenburg, CO
719-738-2380
Jackson County Clerk
Walden, CO
970-723-4334
Jefferson County Clerk
Golden, CO
303-271-8168
Kit Carson County Clerk Burlington, CO
719-346-8638
La Plata County Clerk
Durango, CO
970-382-6283
Lake County Clerk
Leadville, CO
719-486-1410
Larimer County Clerk
Ft. Collins, CO
970-498-7860
Las Animas County
Trinidad, CO
719-846-3314
Logan County Recorders
Sterling, CO
970-522-1544
Mesa County Clerk
Grand Junction, CO
970-244-1670
Moffat County Clerk
Craig, CO
970-824-5484
Montezuma County Clerk
Cortez, CO
970-565-3728
Montrose County Clerk Montrose, CO
970-249-3362
Morgan County Clerk
Fort Morgan, CO
970-867-5616
Otero County Clerk
La Junta, CO
719-383-3020
Ouray County Clerks
Ouray, CO
970-325-4961
Park County Clerk
Fairplay, CO
719-836-2771
Phillips County Clerk
Holyoke, CO
970-854-3131
Pitkin County Clerk
Aspen, CO
970-920-5180
Prowers County Clerk
Lamar, CO
719-336-4337
Pueblo County Clerk
Pueblo, CO
719-583-6000
Rio Blanco County
Meeker, CO
970-878-5068
Rio Grande County Clerk
Del Norte, CO
719-657-3334
Routt County Clerk
Steamboat Springs, CO
970-879-1710
San Juan County Clerk
Silverton, CO
303-387-5671
San Miguel County Clerk
Telluride, CO
970-728-3954
Summit County Clerk
Breckenridge, CO
970-453-3475
Teller County Clerk
Cripple Creek, CO
719-689-2951
Washington County Clerk
Akron, CO
970-345-6565
Weld County Clerk
Greeley, CO
970-353-3840
Yuma County Clerk
Wray, CO
970-332-5809

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